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Olasunkanmi Habeeb Okunola

DAAD ClimapAfrica postdoctoral fellow at the Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

EDUCATION
• Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria | PhD, Urban and Regional Planning – 2018
• Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria | M.Sc., Urban and Regional Planning – 2014
• Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria | B.Sc., Urban and Regional Planning – 2009

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION/MEMBERSHIP
• Registered Town Planner (RTP 3116) - 2014
• Member, Nigeria Institute of Town Planner (MNITP) – 2014

CURRENT ENGAGEMENT
• Postdoctoral Fellow at Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand
• Senior Researcher at the Institute for Land Governance and Community Resilient, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
My research agenda is set on disaster risk reduction and sustainable practices with specific focus on urban resilience, vulnerability analysis, climate change adaptation and urban governance. My seminal studies provide empirical evidence and cutting edge thoughts on levels of disaster vulnerability and resilience with a view to explaining variations that exist in the identification of factors influencing disaster vulnerability and resilience in urban centers. A significant part of my research agenda is aimed at offering both sociological and scientific explanations on the trends, pattern and mitigation as well as adaptation measures to climate change effects in the cities of sub-Saharan Africa. I value interdisciplinary scholarship and employ this approach in understanding the opportunities and barriers presented by climate change as well as on-going sustainability transitions in mega cities of the global south. This is necessary to create an enabling environment for critical engagement with diverse knowledge systems, modes of politics, ethics and socio-cultural norms in facilitating sustainability transitions and environmental justice.

Experience

  • –present
    Consultant for the Institute for Land Governance and Community Resilient, Federal University of Technology, Minna